PCDH15 is a member of the cadherin superfamily. Family members encode integral membrane proteins that mediate calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion. PCDH15 consists of a signal peptide, 11 extracellular calcium-binding domains, a transmembrane domain and a unique cytoplasmic domain. It plays an essential role in maintenance of normal retinal and cochlear function. Mutations in this gene have been associated with hearing loss, which is consistent with its location at the Usher syndrome type 1F (USH1F) critical region on chromosome 10.
Ames waltzer; cadherin-related family member 15; PCDH15; protocadherin 15 CD2; protocadherin 15 CD3 isoform; Protocadherin-15; protocadherin-related 15; USH1F